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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does a handyman charge?

Minimum rates for handyman jobs typically range from $60-$100. Pricing will depend on skill and experience required for the job, as well as regional labor rates. Here are a few examples of average handyman flat rates:

  • Attic ladder replacement: $150.
  • Toilet replacement: $75.
  • Ceiling fan and light fixtures: $75.
  • Faucet replacement: $125.
  • Garbage disposal: $75.

A handyman performs general maintenance and repairs for residential and commercial properties. A handyman may charge a flat fee for standard services that take a predictable amount of time, such as installing a new appliance, as well as an hourly rate for larger projects such as digging out and replacing a rotted fence post. A cost-saving strategy when hiring a handyman is to bundle all the tasks you want them to do into one visit to make the most of any minimum service fees.

What do handymen charge per hour?

On average, you can expect to pay a handy person around $55 per hour. However, this cost can range between $35 and $80 per hour, depending on a number of factors. For instance, a handyman may charge a minimum fee of $50-$100 for small jobs that won’t take much of their time. The complexity of the job will affect the price as well. Your final price will also depend upon where you live, as certain regions have higher labor rates than others. 

Get in touch with a few handy people near you, and ask for free cost estimates.

What does a handyman do?

A handyman is a skilled laborer who provides basic home repairs. Anyone can call themselves a handyman, although most who do so are skilled with repairs and home projects. Reading reviews is a good way to determine their fitness for your job. The tasks a handyman can perform include assembling furniture, painting interiors and exteriors, repairing fences, repairing broken doors or replacing trim, hanging lights, hooking up appliances, and much more. Handymen may have flat fees for certain services, or charge an hourly rate. Handyman rates are often lower than those of a contractor, as they don’t have the same specialization. Some states have no limit on the work a handyman can perform, while others do. For example, California’s Building and Professions Code section 7048 (small operations) permits handymen to provide work similar to that of a contractor (floor installation, painting, etc.) provided the total cost of labor and materials does not exceed $500. A handyman is a great resource for minor home repairs at a lower cost than a licensed contractor, but for more complex projects, it pays to hire a specialized contractor. Fore more, check out our tips for smart hiring on Thumbtack.

Is it worth it to hire a handyman?

It’s worth it to hire a handyman in many cases. For example, you should hire a handyman when the project’s size and scope make it challenging to complete by yourself. These projects may include major home remodels or additions, foundation work or electrical/plumbing/HVAC-related tasks. However, make sure the handyman has the proper credentials or license to perform the necessary work.

You might also want to hire a handyman if a contractor’s price is too high. Handymen often charge less than general contractors, but contractors typically have the required license to perform certain tasks.

And, lastly, think about the complexity of the job and the cost of future repairs. It’s worth it to hire a handyman when the project is complex. Doing something incorrectly can wind up costing more than hiring the pro in the first place.

Can a handyman do plumbing?

In some states, a handyman can provide plumbing services, but it may be in your best interest to call a plumber, particularly for issues more major than unclogging a drain or attaching a new sink. Hiring a plumber is important because mishandling your water and gas lines has the potential to do great damage to your home, your family’s health, or even the safety of your neighborhood. A handyman is not legally required to have any training or licensing in plumbing matters, while a licensed plumber has undergone years of education and on-the-job training. In some cases, homeowners insurance won’t cover damage caused by plumbing repair done by an unlicensed handyman.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, most plumbers learn their trade through a four- or five-year apprenticeship with 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training. They also receive classroom education including “safety, local plumbing codes and regulations, and blueprint reading. They also study mathematics, applied physics, and chemistry. After completing an apprenticeship program, plumbers … are considered to be journey workers, qualifying them to perform duties on their own,” according to the DOL. Licensed plumbers should do continuing education to keep abreast of safety and technology changes. Poor plumbing can lead to sewage backups, a flooded home or even natural gas leaks, so it’s best to leave it in the hands of a specialized professional.

Does a handyman need to enter my home?

In many cases, a handyman will not need to enter your home for outdoor repairs, but they’ll likely need to enter your home for indoor repairs. With the pandemic’s associated safety guidelines, it’s important that this only occurs for absolutely essential projects. Avoid any physical contact with the handyman if this is the case. Sanitize surfaces, and conduct payment through a digital platform like PayPal or Venmo. Be sure to contact your handyman and develop a plan before the job commences.

Can I use digital payments to pay for handyman services?

Many handymen accept digital payments for work done repairing homes. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and the urgent need for social distancing, this trend is likely going to increase. Handymen often accept payment through popular platforms like Paypal, Google Pay, Zelle, Venmo, Square Cash and more. 

Consult with the handyman before you begin work to ensure you’ll be able to conduct the transaction safely and in compliance with official guidelines.

Do handymen offer remote or virtual services?

Because a handyman needs to be physically present to perform work, they have not traditionally offered remote or virtual services. However, if you come across handyman profiles that state they offer remote services, message the handymen to see what those services include.

Confer with your handyman to see if consulting over video calls is possible. The professional may be able to walk you through performing basic plumbing, electrical, HVAC and other types of repairs around the house. Compare the handymen in your area side-by-side online, and ask whether they’re willing to help remotely.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a handyman during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Setting up a safe consultation or appointment with a handyman during the COVID-19 pandemic starts with comparing local professionals online. Message or call the handyman to ask about performing a consultation over the phone or, better yet, a video call. This will allow the handyman to assess the problem without increasing the risk of transmission by visiting your home. If the service is essential and the handyman needs to enter your home, you’ll need to take stringent safety measures for the visit. Discuss temporary fixes if possible, and come up with a plan for safety and digital payment.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a handyman when social distancing?

If you hire a handyman, stay 6 feet away from the handyman at all times. If you have an indoor emergency and it’s considered an essential service, take extra social distancing precautions with your handyman. Do not make physical contact, stay at least 6 feet from the handyman, and exchange payment through digital services instead of cash or check. Talk with your handyman and agree on a plan in advance.

Reviews for Chula Vista handymen
Jennifer S.
My handyman was very knowledgeable and friendly. I will always call Unstoppable when I need a handyman services
Unstoppable Handyman Services, INCUnstoppable Handyman Services, INC
Jose M.
Andre’s handyman service is awesome!!! Came in ready to work and got straight to it very friendly and professional I would definitely recommend him to anyone who needs a handyman.
Andre’s Handyman ServicesAndre’s Handyman Services
Bestoon D.
Jordan is a polite, fast working, professional Handyman
Handyman JordanHandyman Jordan
Karla K.
My now to go to handyman. Thank you!
Charles M.
Excellent handyman...great value. Responsiveness needs improvement
Martinez ConstructionMartinez Construction
Tammi G.
Highly recommend this handyman. Friendly, professional, punctual and reasonably priced, job done quickly.
Unstoppable Handyman Services, INCUnstoppable Handyman Services, INC
Thumbtack Customer
Tom was the greatest help with assembling furniture for our new site. I know have a handyman for all future jobs.
Tom RhoadsTom Rhoads
Lorna G.
I recommend anyone looking for a handyman to contact E.R.G. Handyman service. He is straight forward and does excellent work. He taped, textured, and paint a wall that was recently built. The wall that was built was done by someone who was not a perfessional. E.R.G. came in and finish his work, and made it look as if it was an original part of the house. Thank you
E.R.G. Handyman servicesE.R.G. Handyman services
Sherry W.
Excellent work, nice gentleman, reasonably priced, would definitely use David again for any handyman services. Thanks David
David SessomDavid Sessom
Barbara J.
Even though I did not have the proper items for my handyman request they worked with me and completed one project.. had to put the second on hold.
Andre’s Handyman ServicesAndre’s Handyman Services
Leontine T.
Valadez Handyman services was GREAT! Eddie came in and fixed my closet door in record time! I highly recommend his services and will definitely be hiring him again!!
Valadez handyman servicesValadez handyman services
Charles M.
Chuy came in early and did an outstanding install job in record time. He went ahead and offered advise and tips regarding the project. He’ll be my new handyman. Highly recommended!
Jason B.
J was able to show up with being able to assemble a wire stack storage and multiple baby furniture that met all expectations. I would recommend his services when looking for a handyman.
J Strauss - HandymanJ Strauss - Handyman
Thumbtack Customer
I needed a security door and a ice maker line installed. I received a response rapidly and was given a very reasonable price. I was impressed with the work and the outcome. I would recommend them for handyman work.
Unstoppable Handyman Services, INCUnstoppable Handyman Services, INC
Marc J.
Ry built came through and did an excellent job within budget and time putting together our shed. The install instructions weren't helpful, but he got it done. I recommend his services for anyone needing handyman's assistance
Rybuilt ConstructionRybuilt Construction
Leontine T.
The Arta Handyman team was TERRIFIC!!! They were knowledgeable and professional. The team knew exactly what the electrical issue was with my landscape lighting and had them (all of the lights) working again in no time!!! I would DEFINITELY use this company again.
Zarei Handyman ServicesZarei Handyman Services
Thumbtack Customer
Very professional throughout the entire process. Quote was very reasonable/fair. The job was completed in a timely manner and I was very pleased with the outcome when it was completed. I will definitely use Unstoppable Handyman Services again and highly recommend them.
Unstoppable Handyman Services, INCUnstoppable Handyman Services, INC
Andrea L.
I contacted Dirk after another handyman failed to do the job. He was over the next morning and quickly got to work. He was very thorough, professional, and made sure to clean up after he was done. It was a pleasure to have met him.
Dirks Handyman serviceDirks Handyman service
Natasha H.
Chuy, was awesome! He was easy and flexible to work with. He was on time and efficient. I felt very comfortable with him in my home. Not to mention, he turned a nightmare leak into a distant memory. I think we have found our handyman for all our projects in the future!
Whitney D.
I need more stars!!! 5 isn’t enough!!! I will never use another handyman service!!! They guys were BEYOND GREAT!!! Thank you so much for not only coming to do the work but educating me on things about the work as well!!! Keep up the great work!!!
Done Right!Done Right!
Jose M.
Wish there was more stars to give this man! He is awesome came ready to work very motivated individual. Would highly recommend him to anyone who needs some handyman work. I was very impressed with the work. Just an all around great person and hard worker thanks again.
Handyman IMHandyman IM
Thumbtack Customer
We hired E-Z Fix for some general handyman work around our house (window repair, changing lightbulbs, installing a new chandelier, hanging curtain rods, etc) and they were on time, professional, knowledgeable, and all around top notch. I definitely recommend them and will use them again.
E-Z FixE-Z Fix
Arielle H.
Highly recommend JMG Handyman! He showed up right around when we discussed, he was persistent on a difficult job, but still finished timely, with a great attitude, and great value! Before he left I already had at least two other projects I wanted to book him for! You will not being disappointed :)
Full Power Services, HandymanFull Power Services, Handyman
Desiree N.
Jala Pro. was very responsive, reliable, professional, friendly and he knew exactly what needed to be done to put the exercise bike together correctly. He made sure everything was safe and secure. I will definitely call him again for other handyman services and will recommend him to my family and friends. Thank you, Jala Pro!
Jala Pro.Jala Pro.
Karla K.
I am very lucky I came across L& I renovation. What a pleasure working with him. I can count on him for whatever my Interior Design jobs throw on me. With a positive attitude, I know he will show up on time to help fix, create, demo and install even the most tedious crystal chandeliers at 17’ high. He is now my handyman and part of my team at KFK.DesignStudio.com. Thank you for making my clients dream home!
L & I RenovationL & I Renovation
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